Monday, February 4, 2013

Safari #71: First Friday's at the MFA

While it's true that I've been to the Museum of Fine Arts numerous times, I've only been to First Friday twice. The first time was when I first arrived in Boston (sans blog) and this past Friday.

With two visits to compare plus the fact that there is now a New Wing, I have to say that a First Friday night out is well worth it.

Well-heeled Bostonians gather in the main lobby of the New Wing for cocktails, nibbles and free form dancing. Folks attend to see, be seen, and get down - yes, the area in front of the main speakers turns into an impromptu dance floor towards the end of the night.

After you enjoy your cocktails, don't forget to take a stroll through the galleries. The galleries are unusually quiet at this time, allowing you truly stroll through at your leisure.  First Fridays are also a great time to check out new exhibits given the smaller crowds.

My Tips:
  • Get Tickets Early. Via the MFA website, you can get your tickets in advance rather than waiting in line the night of the event.  Tickets are $25. Members can attend for free. 
  • Bring Cash. The bars only accept cash, so if you plan to enjoy a few rounds, make sure you have enough cash on hand to do so.
  • Dress Up. Putting on the ritz with a cocktail in hand is fun and so is people watching.
  • Flirt. Yes, if you are single and looking to mingle, this is truly your place to do it. I was surprised at the number of singletons who weren't at all the least bit shy.
  • Watch Yourself. Don't forget that you are in a museum. Enjoy the art, respect the patrons, and don't be a hot mess with your cocktails - wait until your next destination if you can't help yourself.


  1. For some reason I've never heard of First Friday, weird seeing as how the MFA is one of my favorite places in Boston. Great tips, I'll have to check it out

    1. Hi Craig! Thanks for checking out my blog. First Friday is a fun time. I hope you can make it out to the next one!

    2. What is the age range?

    3. Hi there! Sorry for the late reply. I was on vacation towards the end of the year through early January.

      I'd say the age range is diverse - 20s all the way through the 60s. No matter what your age, go with a friend or a group, and you're going to have a great time!

      I hope you're able to check it out!